Nuance Salma Hayek for CVS – Beauty Blogger Party

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Nuance Salma Hayek PartyThe reason:

We love a fabulous (and affordable) drugstore beauty line. Recently Stef and I got an up-close look at the huge range of products from Nuance Salma Hayek (which just celebrated one year on the market) and were so wowed by the quality and selection that the good people at CVS – where the line is sold exclusively – asked if we were interested in spreading the word and sharing the Nuance Salma Hayek love with a few of our beauty blogging friends.

As if we EVER need a reason to throw a party!?

The set up:

Sassafras Saloon Sassafras Saloon

We held our Nuance Salma Hayek celebration at the Sassafras Salon in Hollywood, California – it’s a moody and mysterious Savannah Townhouse inspired salon that serves up ginger beer and intricate, barrel aged cocktails. We recommend the Pimm’s No. 1933 with macerated strawberries and salted cucumber – yum!

The menu also features a selection of Southern home-styled nibbles and our bevy of beauty bloggers noshed on Coca Cola-glazed short rib sliders, Cajun cheese medallions and sweet potato fries.

Georgetown CupcakeGeorgetown Cupcake

And because every party needs a little something sweet, we rounded out the evening with a platter of freshly baked treats from Georgetown Cupcake. The Red Velvet and Chocolate Hazelnut cupcakes are divine, but it was the Caramel Praline Crunch (which I ate for breakfast the next day) that has me planing another trip to Georgetown as soon as possible.

A table of Nuance for samplingA table of Nuance for sampling

Of course, the true star of the party was the plethora of products available for testing from the Nuance Salma Hayek line. Inspired by her Grandmother, an esthetician who dedicated her life to skin care, Salma crafted the line to incorporate natural and age-old Native American and Mayan ingredients (think prickly-pear cactus and mamey-tree fruit) into its skin care, hair care and cosmetics collections.

We’ll be back in the coming weeks with a closer look at this effective and economical line, but the stand out products of the party included the Oxygen Activated Foaming Face Wash, the Lift & Shine Volumizing Mousse and the Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation.

The very sweet Rachel aka the Beauty Professor (who came with her even sweeter Mom) found the Liquid Foundation to be very promising – we can’t wait to find out what she thinks of it after a few test runs!

The Guests:

Nuance Salma Hayek Guests

As IMATS was in town, so were a number of our favorite beauty bloggers. We were thrilled to meet a few of our blogging buddies in person and to share the Nuance love. Ever the good hostesses, Stef designed printed placecards for introductions and easy tweeting. (Hey, we’re bloggers – that’s what we do!)

Two women smilingIt was a hoot to finally meet some of our most respected fellow beauty bloggers in person! We were thrilled to welcome one of our first guests, the amazing and knowledgeable Marcia of Beauty Info Zone, who was able to carve out some time in her LA trip to check out the line and catch up with blogging friends. And we were happy to spend some time with fellow Lipstick League member, Phyrra visiting all the way from Florida (and maybe get some dying tips from the flame-haired blogger). Here she is enjoying some time with a long time wht friend and social-media maven Jen of My Beauty Bunny .

Woman sitting, smiling

Our very own Sherri, sipping her first (second? third?) Pimm’s No. 1933 of the night.

Three women looking at the camera, smiling

Stef, Phyrra and Safia from Lipstick Mixtapes (how much do you love that blog name?)

Five women looking at the camera posing and smiling at the same time

The last of the party goers all got heart-shaped face tattoos and formed a beauty gang (this is LA)! From right to left, Meg from Meg’s Makeup, Dawn from Beauty Frosting, Stef from we heart this, E! Online Beauty Editor Jennifer Chan, and Bren from OMGBren.

The Gift Bag:

swag bag full of Nuance Salma Hayek products

A party isn’t a party without the party favors. Our guests each left with a swag bag full of Nuance Salma Hayek products for further ‘research’ at home.

Nuance Salma Hayek Argan Oil Glossing Shampoo and Argan Oil Glossing Conditioner

Stuffed inside the cute canvas bag, each guest received the Nuance Salma Hayek Argan Oil Glossing Shampoo and Argan Oil Glossing Conditioner for shiny, happy hair.

Nuance Salma Hayek AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Eye Treatment, AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Serum Concentrate and the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Lotion.

Party guests also found some skin care goodies like the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Eye Treatment, AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Serum Concentrate and the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Lotion.

Nuance Salma Hayek Nail Lacquer with two different shades

Not to mention, a few bottles of the newest item to join the makeup line, Nail Lacquer.

Want your own swag bag of Nuance goodies? We’ve got one to GIVEAWAY (along with a $50 CVS gift card) – click here to enter!

Thanks to CVS and Nuance Salma Hayek for asking us to host such a fabulous get together! And a shout out to our beauty blogger guests – we hope you had as much fun as we did!

we heartsters – have you tried any products from the Nuance Salma Hayek for CVS line?

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    Tyna is a former editor of we heart this that worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever organizing her closets and drawers. skin tone: NW 20/25 skin type: combination favorite beauty product: eye shadows and lip balms

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  1. Yes, and i am at my second helping of some of them.
    My skin is very fussy, but Nuance’s body wash gave me no trouble, either version i have used until now. The conditioner is great, the body lotion is one i cannot part without. I am sold :)

    1. Ooh, I haven’t tried a Body Wash yet – I’ll have to try that next. I love a good foamy body wash – my shower also has to have a few or it feels empty! I really like the lotions as well and think my fave so far is the Brightening Hand Cream – it’s feels fabulous, smells great and has been so good to my hands the past few (cold and windy) weeks.

  2. That looks like a really fun party and I love when bloggers come together :) All the products look so exciting and I die for argan everything.

    1. We love when bloggers come together too @mandabear!

      And some day we will have to get the wht team together – how much fun would that be?!

  3. The party was fun and the drinks were delish. How fun to get dressed up to go to a soirée that sends you homevwith a bag of fab goodies? I really am enjoying the anti-aging serum (one that’s light enough for me!) as well as the other lotions. My fave by far, though, is that glossing shampoo and conditioner with Argan oil–the scent is divine and my hair looks and feels fantastic after using it. What a great event!

  4. Mmmm, Pimms…
    I didn’t know that Nuance had a line of shampoo and conditioner! I’m going to have to keep an eye out for that during my next CVS trip.

    1. The Pimms are ah-mazing! A bit sweeter then the ones I’ve had in the past, but not too sweet – so yummy!

      Nuance has a number of shampoos and conditioners @mandaleem – I’ve tried the Wheat Protein, as well as the Argan Oil lines and was pretty impressed – want to try the Mamey Fruit next – I’ve been looking for a good drugstore volumizing shampoo/conditioner.

  5. I was so sad that I had to leave early. I got to meet only half the beauties there but it was terrific to meet new friends and greet old ones. Thanks to you and CVS/Nuance for doing this.

  6. I’ve heard really good things about Nuance. So far I’ve only picked up the BB Cream to try but I’ve been eyeing the whole line.

  7. What a fabulous looking party and an impressive looking line! I’m excited to try some products for testing and I’m heading over to my local CVS asap to try the Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner!

  8. Can’t wait to hear more about this line! I really want to try the shampoo and conditioner, I too have been looking for a drugstore brand to try…

  9. @stef – You look so “street”. I’m not sure if you’re indicating “WestSIDE” or if you’re just really proud of being able to count on your fingers. Either way, I love your facial expression :)

    I’m going to have to check out the Nuance line. I’ve seen it, but I hadn’t heard much about it…I’m super intrigued by the shampoo and conditioner…and that plummy nail polish…

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